A recent article at IO9 discusses the experience of encountering religion and spirituality primarily through science fiction films. Here’s the conclusion:
When I think about what I get out of science fiction, I think back to Star Trek and an unlikely source for spirituality. One of the ironies of Trek is that the alien civilization most associated with logic is also one of the most spiritual. The famed Vulcan control of emotions belies a deep inner life, with a philosophy that has echoes of stoicism, Zen Buddhism and Leonard Nimoy’s own Orthodox Jewish background. The most famous Vulcan phrase, “live long and prosper,” is a practical blessing for a logical people, offering no more than peace in this life. But it’s a good idea to live by.
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